Alberta filmmakers have recently won a number of national and international awards. At this year’s Directors Guild of Canada Awards, Alberta was well represented! Check out the DGC Award winners from Alberta and other awards recently earned by Alberta’s filmakers and media producers.
Director’s Guild of Canada Awards – Alberta winners
Best TV Series – Family: Heartland | SEVEN24 Films
Best Production Design: Hell on Wheels | John Blackie
Best Short Film: The Sound of Willie Nelson’s Guitar | Calgary filmmaker, Christopher Cinnamon
Best Director: Horses of McBride | Former Billington Award winner, Anne Wheeler
Best TV Movie: Jack | Written by Calgary’s Andrew Wreggitt
And on the international film festival front: Lost Years, an international award-winning documentary co-directed and produced by Kenda Gee and Tom Radford (Clearwater Documentaries) of Edmonton, picked up three awards recently at the International Film Festival Manhattan in New York, October 19th, including Best Documentary, Best of the Best (Festival), and for Film Achievement & Social Advocacy. Gee was in New York to accept the awards.
Lost Years is nominated for a Special Jury “Gold Panda” Award for Best Documentary, representing its 21st award nomination to-date. The documentary is hoping to become the most viewed Canadian-made production in television broadcast history by early 2014.
Another Alberta production company, I80, traveled to Wales this October where its feature motion picture, Rufus, was entered in the Newport International Film Festival. The film’s director (as well as writer and producer!), Dave Schultz, took home the award for Best Director, and Erland & the Carnival won for Best Music. Rufus was produced by Bruce Harvey and Dave Schultz, and stars actors Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy), David James Elliot and Kelly Rowan (Perception).
Alberta-based, Gemini award-winning screenwriter Andrew Wreggitt (also winner of DGC Award for Best TV Movie with Jack) was one of the recipients of this year’s Shaw Rocket Prize for his documentary, The Phantoms, produced by Halifax-based Dream Street Pictures. The $25,000 award is presented to the best independently produced programs for Canadian kids; a particular honour as the jury is comprised entirely of youth from across the country who vote for their favourite projects. The Phantoms takes on the true story of the Bathurst, New Brunswick basketball team who won their first provincial championship after a tragic accident claimed the lives of seven players and the coach’s wife.
This month was a good month for Alberta films and Alberta filmmakers with more good months to come.